Friday – Saturday, Dec. 9 – 10 — ROCHESTER — Bald Mountain Theater presents “Krampusnacht: Stories of Light and Dark for the Winter Solstice “on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at its natural outdoor amphitheater in Rochester. An eclectic mix of original material and seasonal traditions from around the world, the show will be presided over by Krampus himself, the dark companion of St. Nicholas who punishes naughty children in European folklore. Bald Mountain’s most popular event of the year, this show celebrates the dual nature of the season—reflecting on both the longest night of the year as well as the hope of brighter days to come.
“There will be original stories exploring some of the darker and wilder elements of midwinter; an Icelandic folktale; and a musical blend that will include Georgian folk songs, shape-note singing, and Irish traditionals,” says producer Killian White. “This show provides a fun and contemplative alternative to the usual holiday fare. Santa won’t be making an appearance, but his colorful, mischievous counterparts from pagan and lesser-known Christmas traditions just might.”
This evening of story and songs is suitable for any age with parental discretion, but contains scary and adult themes. It will be performed outdoors, with bonfires, fire spinners, and complimentary treats. Audiences are welcome to stay and enjoy the fire after the show. Bring chairs and dress in warm layers. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended—this show will sell out. Friday’s show is already sold out.
Performances are on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the door and baldmountaintickets.ludus.com/index.php. All performances will be at 185 Brandon Mountain Road(Route 73), Rochester. Signs will be posted. In the event of foul weather (extreme cold, heavy rain, or snow), the performance will be moved into Spice Studio at 482 S. Main St., Rochester.